Things are a little awkward around Firehouse 51 in tonight’s newest episode of Chicago Fire. Severide is purposely avoiding his girlfriend as she prepares for the lieutenant’s test, and Sylvie is purposely avoiding Casey for…well obvious reasons. All of this, plus a mystery surrounding an assignment given to Boden is what makes up the episode of the show’s return after a 2-week break.
After learning that the only reason Kidd is going to pass the test is because he’s respected in the department, Severide is staying out of the way of his girlfriend, which she’s picking up on. It gets to the point that he invites himself on Boden’s assignment to take a look at buildings condemned by the fire department to make sure everything is in order. On the other hand, Casey gets Sylvie’s cold shoulder as the team is called out on a car accident, where a massive LED billboard car has crashed into another car. As the team works to rescue the woman trapped in her car, Casey calms the woman, named Sydney, down, and they make the safe rescue, not without a little bit of flirting beforehand.
While 51 cleans up the streets, a neighboring firetruck arrives, and one of the firemen in that crew, Chuck Rutledge, bickers with Mouch, showing that there’s a little bit of history with these two vets. This problem is revealed to be about how Rutledge was sitting in Mouch’s spot on the couch, and it escalated into a massive prank war.
As Boden and Severide board up a building, they discuss their fathers who have passed on, and how Severide still is reminded of his father at random moments in his life, and Boden says that he’s the same about his father, who served as a police officer. Upon arriving at another house, it appears that someone has torn off the boards and is inside. Boden and Severide save an older man inside the house who fell through the stairs, but he doesn’t reveal his name leaving behind only a number: 24198. The hospital tells them that since they don’t know his name, he will be going under a John Doe register with the Chicago PD.
As Kidd prepares for the lieutenant’s test with Sylvie, Sydney, the victim in the car crash, arrives at the firehouse looking for Casey. She gives Casey her card and asks him out, and Casey agrees to see her (while through in a social distant date joke, remember this is happening in COVID!)
The prank war with Mouch and Rutledge continues as the Mouch puts a sign making fun of his old rival and his love of donuts outside Firehouse 40, and the lieutenant of that group, Greg Grainger, asks Casey if Sylvie is seeing anyone. While they look at the prank, Gianna mentions to Gallo that her kids are great pranksters, leaving Gallo nervous that he might be crushing on someone who already has kids. Rutledge then responds with a big billboard of Mouch giving donuts out at the firehouse for free.
At Molly’s, Greg, and Sylvie start flirting with drinks in hand, and a jealous Casey watches from afar. Thoughts on that later.
Kidd confronts Severide about his evasive behavior towards her, and he shrugs her off, leaving both of them just a little bit uncomfortable.
Back at the house where 24198 was, Severide finds a hat with the number written on it, which is shown to be a badge number. After an investigation, Henry Sidwell is revealed to be the mystery man, who has been suffering from dementia and wandered off to the house, since he and his wife used to live there. An emotional Boden reunites the two and has him thinking about his own life and how time can go by quickly.
Gallo and Mouch dump a huge truck of donuts on the steps of Firehouse 40, but a call from a construction site prevents them from gloating. The construction site was getting demolished when the charges went off too early, and Gianna finds herself taking care of a victim when another charge goes off. Thankfully, Gallo sprints like a madman over to her before the charge goes off and covers her and the victim. They give each other the look of “you just saved me, so I’m gonna kiss you,” but no kiss comes since there’s work to do. Gallo tries to ask Gianna out on a date to the playground and to bring her kid, but she said she was referencing a kid at a daycare that her parents run, she just calls them “my kids.” As the laughter subsides from that awkward moment, Rutledge drops a literal helicopter full of donuts on top of Firehouse 51, and Mouch waves a white flag to surrender. These firefighters sure have a lot of time on their hands…
As the episode ends, as usual at Molly’s, Boden advises Severide about facing troubles at home rather than avoiding them, because avoiding issues make everything worse. Boden then receives an urgent phone call and ducks out, and Casey sits at the other end of the bar, about to call up Sydney, opening the door to a new romance. Severide discovers that Kidd left his apartment because of the strain in their relationship.
Boden finds Henry Sidwell and tells him he can’t go back to that boarded-up house, but to hold onto the memories of the house like he has the memories of his father, and the episode ends with Henry giving Boden his police hat as a reminder of the memories.
Here’s where I’m at when it comes to some of the subplots of Fire: I like the fun little prank war of Mouch and his old co-worker. I’m okay with the Severide and Kidd subplot. While Severide isn’t being the best boyfriend in the world, his intentions are there, I just wish he would tell her that he’s avoiding her to make her want to work harder. It’s the Casey and Sylvie subplot line that I can’t really get behind. They had their flirtation, but Sylvie shut it down, yet continues to be jealous of him. I’m sure the show is going to gear around to them getting together eventually, I just think that the characterization of the two’s relationship is something that needs to the re-examined.
The main plotline of the episode was great: it’s rare we see Boden so emotionally vulnerable behind that stoic nature he has, so it was wonderful to see an episode where we get to see what emotion hides behind that big mustache of his. However, besides the Mouch plot, there was something left to be desired. The show is going to continue the Severide/Kidd, and Sylvie/Casey plotlines probably through the rest of the season, so I hope they can come to a resolution soon because it’s getting a little clunky for a show that has been going for nine seasons.
What did you think of the newest episode of the NBC hit? Leave a comment below.
One Chicago Shows Announce 2024 Premiere Dates
It’s finally happening—our favorite One Chicago shows are coming home to us!
Chihards, mark your calendars and get ready to sit down in front of the TV on January 17 because that’s when Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will make their highly-anticipated and long-awaited premieres!
It’s truly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… though I hope that turning around new episodes doesn’t mean that the actors will have to work through the holidays.
— Top 1% of Burzek shippers (@NBCOneChicago) November 20, 2023
Chicago Med returns for season 9, Fire for season 12, and Med for season 11.
Of course, the full NBC 2024 lineup will kick off on Jan 1 with America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League, which means they are wasting no time getting back into the swing of things following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike delays.
Law & Order franchises will have their moment on Thursday, Jan 18 with Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime.
Part 1 of The Voice returns on Feb. 26, along with BC’s new Deal or No Deal spinoff, Deal or No Deal Island.
Quantum Leap and Magnum P.I., Lopez vs. Lopez, The Weakest Link, Password, That’s My Jam and The Wall currently don’t have a premiere date.
When Will ‘Chicago Fire’ Return? Here’s When Season 12 Kicks Off Filming
Fans have been patiently waiting for the 12th season of Chicago Fire, which was announced back in April by NBC.
The network renewed all three of the One Chicago shows at the time, including Chicago PD for season 11 and Chicago Med for season 9.
Typically, new seasons of the dramas would’ve started in September as part of the network’s fall lineup, however, production on the shows was significantly delayed due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. The writers’ strike ended a bit before the actors’ strike, which meant that the writing staff was able to get back to work penning the scripts in October, however, things remained at a standstill until the SAG-AFTRA union negotiated a promising contract with the studios and allowed actors to get back to making shows and movies.
Thankfully, with the strikes officially over, the shows are back in business.
According to a Chicago Fire Extras post on Facebook, the drama set at Firehouse 51 will be kicking off filming on Monday, Nov. 27!
And that means that we’re on track to get new episodes of the 12th season in 2024 as a premiere date has been announced as Wednesday, January 17.
With Chicago Fire back in business, it’s safe to say the sister shows are following suit—and we’ll have new episodes to watch sooner rather than later.
CBS already unveiled its lineup for regularly scheduled programming, beating out all the other networks to the announcement, but if theirs is anything to go by, new content will be landing as soon as February. Some of your favorite sitcoms and dramas on CBS, including the NCIS franchise, Ghosts, and the FBI shows, will all be kicking off after the Super Bowl.
And the good news is that Taylor Kinney’s Kelly Severide is making a comeback after a ten-month hiatus. Back in January, the actor announced a personal leave of absence from the series, but fans are surely eager to see him back on the firefighter drama once again!
One Chicago Shows Score a Massive Renewal at NBC
Don’t worry, your favorite One Chicago shows aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!
As the 2022-2023 TV season winds down, TV networks are already looking to the future, and the upcoming 2023-2024 broadcast season.
Per TVLine, Chicago Fire has been renewed for season 12, Chicago PD for season 11, and Chicago Med for season 9.
Fans will also be delighted to know that Dick Wolf’s other shows, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime have also been renewed.
“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC,” Dick Wolf said in a statement. “All six shows being picked up again is the ultimate accolade to our incredible casts, producers and writers. I’d also like to thank our loyal fans who have kept our NBC shows on the air for what will be a cumulative 84 seasons.”
Renewals and cancelations are a big deal, with many audiences patiently awaiting verdicts for their favorite dramas.
What shows are you waiting to hear about? Let us know!
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